Mr Martin L Parisio
Centre for Research on Computer-supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Australia
This paper reports and discusses preliminary findings of research into the ways students demonstrate autonomy in new learning spaces at several universities in Sydney, Australia. The research is situated in a study exploring the way architecture might inform educational design for learner autonomy. Using ethnographic observation methods, six new learning spaces have been observed to capture what students do and how they practice autonomy. The observations have revealed that autonomy is practiced in various ways. The uses of emerging technologies, including furniture are discussed with attention given to possible implications for educational task design.